Holy Grale | Louisville, Kentucky
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Holy Grale
Excellent based on 39 ratings
Type: Bar

1034 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, Kentucky United States 40204 [ print map ]
502 569 2337

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Hours: Open at 4p Tues-Friday; 1p Sat-Sun


Mayor: Brigadier (5) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: ~20


Holy Grale

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Beer Available At Holy Grale (arranged by most recent)
Three Floyds Blakkr 99, Country Boy Stampiní Ground Stout 73, Goose Island Matilda Lambicus 87, Boon Framboise 95, Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter 92, Ommegang Glimmerglass Saison 95, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top 98, Prairie Artisan Ales Birra 95, De la Senne Taras Boulba 94, Mahrs Bršu Kellerbier Ungespundet HefetrŁb 81, Hanssens Oude Gueuze 99, Heather Ales Fraoch (Bottle) 61, 13th Century Grut Bier 82, De Molen Hel & Verdoemenis (Wild Turkey) 100, The Monarchy Happy XMas in NŁrnberg , The Monarchy Happy XMas from Dresden , WeiŖenoher Bonifatius Dunkel 77, Mikkeller SpontanGooseberry 97, Mikkeller SpontanPeach 83, Brewfist Spaceman 97
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39 reviews for Holy Grale
 Ambiance  94%
 Service  84%
 Selection  90%
 Food  85%
 Value  73%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  95%
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80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
jhp40219  (21) Louisville, Kentucky | April 6, 2014
Interesting place! Built in 1905 as a small Unitarian Church. Still retains a lot of the church visuals and feel, (vaulted ceiling, choir loft, stained glass, etc). A little cramped when busy, but still a good amount of seating. The main area has an L-shaped bar with seating for about 10 or so. Small tables line the walls. The upstairs Choir Loft features a small bar and additional seating. There is also an outdoor beer garden, although I havenít been out there yet. The beer list is absolutely top notch! 26 taps and an expansive bottle list, both of which are filled with an astounding number of rare and hard to find beers. Big focus on international beers, specifically Belgians, lambics and sours. But also more than enough American craft brews to choose from. Check beermenus.com for an up-to-date draft and bottle list. Typical beer pricing (generally around $5 - $8 for drafts and $8 - $25 for bottles). Unfortunately I still have yet to try any food here, although I hear itís world class. You will need to order at one of the bars, as I do not believe they have a wait staff that takes orders at the tables or outside. Depending on how many people they have working the bar, there may be a bit of a wait if crowded. But the bar staff was friendly and attentive on my last visit (4/5/14). The biggest downside is parking, which is scarce. You may be able to park in the KFC lot next door, although this is usually filled up early on weekends. DONíT park in the Walgreens lot across the street, they watch and will tow. So youíre limited to finding parking on the side streets, of which the majority of houses do not have driveways. So youíre battling not only people coming out to the bars and shops of this area of Bardstown Road, but also the people who live here for a parking space. But all in all, a unique place to have a beer and a definite must stop if youíre in town. Just try to avoid stopping by after 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays if possible, as thatís when itís most crowded.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
drowland  (172) Valdosta, Georgia | March 2, 2014
Visited on 2/28/14. Had a really hard time finding the place on a busy Friday night. I never did find the place while driving, so I just parked (at least a 10 minute walk away) and hoped my GPS was right. Finally found the place and it was slammed. I stood at the bar for a long time and finally got told the beer I reordered on tap was upstairs. He definitely had a tone of "Hey stupid, just go up there and order." Upstairs was also packed, only one bartender. Waited and waited again. Ordered two beers so as not have to go through it all again and was told one had kicked. Had my one beer standing awkwardly next to the bathroom and left. It was honestly a cool place with great beer but with the parking and crowd I canít see why people would bother. I did not try the food.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier  (250) Clevelandish, Ohio | December 15, 2013
If I had to find weaknesses with the Holy Grale there would be only two. Firstly parking can be tricky unless you are willing to go up and down the side streets. The other option would be to park once on Bardstown Road and then just walk to it.

The second are the prices and this is very minor. Much in line with a world class bar experience you get what you pay for. There is no gouging and the selection is so great you will not be disappointed at all in whatever you order. The hardest part might be narrowing it down to a few choices.

If youíve only got one day in Louisville be sure to stop by for at least one drink here, a flight at Against the Grain, and a trip across the river to keg Liqours for all your take home needs.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
50belair  (86) Florida | October 13, 2013
An old Church in a hip part of town that was converted to a craft beer bar. The decor is hands down the best Iíve ever visited. Good craft beer selection, friendly staff, large eco-friendly patio. Just a really groovy place to knock back a few tasty craft beers..
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (464) Leawood, Kansas | September 19, 2013
Visited on a Wednesday evening. As others have stated, Holy Grale is located in a former church, and it makes great use of the space with a bar area, the choir loft, and a great outdoor beer garden. The beer selection is great, when I visited the 5 of the 6 taps in the choir loft were Three Floyds. Service was attentive, though not terribly friendly. I had the Scotch egg appetizer, and it was tasty enough. Neat design, great beer selections, certainly a top place I have visited in Louisville. This place had hosted Zwanze Day 2013 the previous weekend, which speaks to the quality.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (387) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 16, 2013| Updated March 11, 2014
I came down for Zwanze Day 2013 at Holy Grale, my first one ever. The place is an old, small church building on Bardstown Road. The inside is an awesome renovation with a nice bar and some high tables. Thereís a íchoir loftí upstairs, accessible through inside or outside stairs. Thereís a bier garten out back with Euro-style long tables, a patio bar, and vines surrounding it to wrap up the vibe. The place was well-staffed for the event. The tap list was excellent, and the food was very good. I need to visit on a normal day to get a better idea of how it usually is here but Iím definitely coming back. Update: Came back on a low-key afternoon. The food is awesome. Nothing to contradict from before, just reiterating how nice and high-quality this place is. Best place in Louisville.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
shrubber85  (204) Greenville, Indiana | September 3, 2013| Updated February 28, 2014
Very interesting location - in old church (right next to the KFC). Incredible tap list that is constantly changing with a nice bottle list (many that are unavailable elsewhere in Louisville). They keep their list updated so you donít have to guess what they have going in. A great place.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34  (377) Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2013
The coolest atmosphere Iíve been to, especially outside which reminds me of a Euro beer garden. Stained glass windows, herbs, hops. The inside was nice as well but the ac was broke and it was hot as balls. The service was very nice and helpful, knew a ton about beer and gave good suggestions for other places in the city. The food was really good and came quick, fun small bites but I wouldnít come for a full dinner if youíre starving. The draft selection was pretty good, but not mind blowing. Nothing from Kentucky or crushable, lots of international ticks. The bottle list was pretty good and very inexpensive. I really enjoyed this place, one of the top bars in the US.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
JCW  (112) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 19, 2013| Updated November 14, 2013
Stopped in here with a date, we both really enjoyed it. Outside dining with a fantastic tap list. While I enjoyed a Petrus Oak Aged Pale, my date had a 3F Behemoth(she wanted hoppy). We had already eaten so we didnít try the food, but other people we shared a table with(for what its worth) liked it a great deal. My second beer was a Bellís Expedition, again on tap, herís a Two Hearted. All priced about ~$7.per. Well worth a stop.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
salvaticas  (20) , | April 30, 2013
Iíve heard there is some bad blood between these guys and Sergios. And while sergios has the rep and the bottle service to qualify as a truly unique beer destination, I still maintain that as of the day I visited Holy Grale until today, it is and has been far and away the best tap list I have ever seen. Anywhere. That alone should set it apart. Plus the vibe/ambiance and food are all top notch.

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